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Alliance for Community Trees Day

November 16, 2021

Presented by: The Arbor Day Foundation

Event Information

The trees that make up our communities also inspire us to work together to change our cities and towns for the better. Not only are trees at the heart of our missions, but they keep us connected throughout the year as we learn and grow together, as a network. Together we’re inspiring new tree planters and planting more trees than ever before. Alone, in our communities, we can do so little. But working together, as a network, we can do so much. Knowing that we’re stronger together will allow us to continue raising the awareness of trees as a solution to some of the world’s most pressing issues. For over 25 years Alliance for Community Trees (ACT) members have planted and cared for trees, changing the landscape of our community habitat. Join us this year at ACT Day to network, learn, and be inspired by members and other industry professionals as we strengthen this network and industry – together.

This meeting offers:

  • Peer-to-peer learning opportunities
  • Networking
  • Educational sessions


Tentative, subject to change.
All events are at the Galt House Hotel unless otherwise noted.

Tuesday, November 16, 2021

  • 7:00–8:00 a.m. Breakfast
  • 8:00–8:15 a.m. Opening Remarks Matt Spitsen, Arbor Day Foundation
  • 8:15–8:30 a.m. Welcome / Our Nation’s Urban Forest Beattra Wilson, USDA Forest Service
  • 8:30–9:00 a.m. Welcome / Community Outreach: Community Canopy Ked Stanfield, Executive Director, LouisvilleGrows
  • 9:00–9:30 a.m. Openlands Arborist Registered Apprenticeship Michael Dugan, Director of Forestry; Katie Fleming, Forestry Program Manager, Openlands
  • 9:30–10:00 a.m. How Community Champions Can Use “Top – Down” and “Bottom – Up” Approaches to Produce Positive Urban Forestry Impacts Trinity Pierce, Stewardship Coordinator; Zach Wirtz, Community Outreach Coordinator, Chicago Region Trees Initiative
  • 10:00–10:30 a.m. Break + Speaker Table Topics
  • 10:30–11:00 a.m. Achieving Equitable Urban Greening: Insights from a National Study Dr. Lincoln Larson, North Carolina State University; Dr. Lauren Mullenbach, University of Oklahoma
  • 11:00–11:30 a.m. Philly Tree Plan: A Community – Centered Engagement Approach to Strategic Planning Erica Smith Fichman, Community Forestry Manager, TreePhilly; Marisa Wilson, Urban-Forestry Community Organizer, Philadelphia Parks & Recreation
  • 11:30 a.m.–11:45 p.m. Creating an Urban Forestry Nonprofit in Boston Dr. David Meshoulam, Executive Director, Speak for the Trees
  • 11:45 a.m.–12:00 p.m. TBD
  • 12:00–1:15 p.m. Lunch + Speaker Table Topics
  • 1:15–1:20 p.m. Afternoon Welcome / Refocus Cindi Sullivan, Executive Director, TreesLouisville
  • 1:20–2:00 p.m. ACT Mentor Exchange Program Lightning Round
  • 2:00–2:15 p.m. The Formation of Young Tree Professionals: Doc Árbol Ernesto Herrera, Director General, Reforestamos
  • 2:15–2:45 p.m. Restoring the Canopy Through Trees Atlanta’s Front Yard Tree Program Jacob Kennedy, NeighborWoods Supervisor, Trees Atlanta
  • 2:45–3:00 p.m. GreenHeart Pittsburgh with The Envirome Institute Christine Graziano, President, Plant Five for Life
  • 3:00–3:15 p.m. How Nonprofits Can Utilize Their City’s Canopy Data Ian Hanou, CEO, PlanIT Geo
  • 3:15–3:45 p.m. Break + Speaker Table Topics
  • 3:45–4:45 p.m. Environmental Justice in Urban and Community Forestry Dr. Christine Carmichael, Fair Forests Consulting
  • 4:45–5:15 p.m. Special Event
  • 5:15–5:30 p.m. Closing Matt Spitsen, Arbor Day Foundation
  • 5:30–6:30 p.m. Social Hour